SOMS emergency exercise photos

Scott Girard

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Notice a few too many police officers and emergency responders near Savanna Oaks Middle School Tuesday morning? Don't worry, it was only a drill.

Law enforcement agencies from around the area worked with the Verona Area School District to stage a full-scale emergency exercise at Savanna Oaks Middle School Tuesday. The exercise included 11 agencies and more than 100 volunteers, some of whom got their “wounds” put on at Memorial United Church of Christ before the event. Fitchburg police chief Don Bates said the event was a culmination of two years of training, and that a third-party company was on-hand to review how they performed. Another full-scale event will take place next year in Verona, though Bates could not specify where.

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